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Algoma U Welcomes Largest Incoming Class to Brampton Campus

Joe Muldoon Welcomed as Acting Principal of Expanding Site

This fall,  Algoma University has welcomed a record number of new students at its expanding campus in the heart of downtown Brampton.   

Currently, 572 students are completing their studies at Algoma University in Brampton, more than double last year’s fall enrolment.  While the majority of students are pursuing degrees and graduate certificates within the School of Business and Economics, including a new certificate in Human Resources, the University has also welcomed 66 students into a new graduate certificate in Information Technology. Over the past number of weeks, the incoming class was welcomed to the University during a series of orientation activities including a visit to Niagara Falls.

Mr. Joe Muldoon, Acting Campus Principal, assumed a senior leadership role with the University in early September to help lead a range of strategic initiatives currently underway.  Muldoon, who joins Algoma following a 33-year career at Trent University, most recently served as head of the Trent University Durham GTA campus in Oshawa.  Under his leadership, the campus grew from 900 to 1,700 students with a number of new programs being introduced. Over the last three years, Mr. Muldoon worked on planning for a $35 million expansion at the Durham campus including a new 200-bed residence as well as increased academic and student space.  In his new role, Muldoon is responsible for leading the expansion of the campus in Brampton, including operations, government relations, community relations, and establishing protocols and procedures with support service departments on Algoma’s Sault Ste. Marie campus.

“The enrolment growth experienced at our Brampton campus has far exceeded our expectations so we are very pleased to bring someone with extensive senior leadership experience to our growing team to help move forward program diversification, faculty and staff hiring, and facility expansion efforts at our Brampton campus,” states Asima Vezina, President and Vice-Chancellor. 

An initial phase of facility expansion with the School of Business and Economics was completed this summer resulting in new classrooms and collaborative spaces, including meeting rooms and labs, for student and faculty use in time for the start of the fall term.   Additional classroom facilities to address growing enrolment within the School of Business and Economics are currently under construction. “This continues to be an exciting time for us,” said Cathy Denomme, Director of the School of Business and Economics. “We launched the School of Business and Economics just over a year ago and we are thrilled at the response from local and out of region students, as well as those coming from abroad. Enrolment continues to grow and the new facilities available for our students has generated considerable buzz on campus.” 

A second phase of expansion to support enrolment into new degree programs in Computer Science and Psychology being introduced by Algoma University in Fall 2020 and additional programming in the area of Law & Justice anticipated in 2021 is currently in the final stages of planning.  Algoma’s expects to directly invest $27 million into Brampton campus development efforts over the next three years. In August, the City of Brampton approved $7.3 million of additional support for Algoma’s expansion effort over the same time period.

Although preliminary enrolment figures have exceeded initial forecasts, a more detailed update will be released following the close of fall term course registration.

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